Backstage With ZAND
As gigs are on pause, Home is the new Backstage. Get behind the scenes with ZAND this week.
Topping off the year with the release of their new EP, UGLY POP, we catch up with one of the most exciting new artists, ZAND to get to know them a little bit more. In our latest interview, we chat about their “pre-quazza” life, finding catharsis through music, and the future of their ugly pop.
What advice would you give to your pre-lockdown self?
“You thought you were depressed NOW, my guy?” *throaty laughter*. Um honestly first I would be like “wow it’s really not that bad wait until you’re isolated for months on end”. And then I would be like “prepare yourself though you’re gonna smash out an entire EP in quarantine.” Answering this question I guess I’m thinking more how I would slap myself for not cherishing life and opportunities more pre-quazza, rather than give myself advice on it because I don’t think anyone could have really prepared for this shit-storm. Our pigpoop for brains government could have though.
How, if at all, did lockdown impact your music making and producing process?
Everything was really starting to kick off for myself and so many of my mates this year. I had multiple shows booked, including one in a queer strip club and a mini tour with my pals in Hot Milk. I was then meant to go to LA for a few weeks for studio sessions and meet new people/see my friends there. I was also going to film a music video there, which ended up having to be done in my kitchen again as I had done with my single Freak. It still looks hot though so I’m not too mad. [for upcoming single Inappropriate]
What has been the most unexpected/challenging part of lockdown, whether pleasant or unpleasant?
Not being able to just up and go and see my friends/family/new people/the places I love whenever I can. We definitely took socializing and traveling for granted.
How would you sum up your 2020 in one sentence?
Chaotic bad and neutral with a splash of good in some places. I don’t even think that makes sense but this year doesn’t make sense, so.
If you had a quarantine character, what was it like?
I had no idea what you meant by this question so I googled “quarantine character” and took a shit quiz and apparently my quarantine character is Bart Simpson so take from that what you will. I’m not sure that’s the answer you were looking for but I can’t give you anything else.
Name 5 things that got you through lockdown.
My dog, my laptop (seeing as I’ve sat on it all year crafting the Ugly Pop EP), my friends/family and my manager who has and continues to assist with sorting my life out on numerous occasions.
What’s the most interesting thing you discovered over lockdown (could be a revelation about yourself, a new TV show, a new hobby)?
I just got diagnosed with ADHD the other week so that’s been eye opening and validating along with explaining a LOT about myself and the way I am. I have a really hard time with focusing on things, getting myself to do the simplest of tasks as well as articulating myself over countless other things, but it’s good to finally have an explanation for why that may be after telling myself I’m “just lazy” or “just hyper/weird” for 20 something years is a relief. That along with my BPD and OCD makes my brain a hellhouse of nightmares lads but we move.
What lockdown trend do you think we should take into the future, and which ones should we ditch?
I miss House Party, man. That was a golden era of lockdown, even if it did last like 2 weeks before getting hacked or whatever? I don’t think there’s any trends we should necessarily ditch, except for maybe Covid conspiracy theories and protests about wearing masks if you can include those. Get a grip, perhaps? But anything that involves keeping yourself busy at home like Zoom parties, exercising, whatever, – you do you lads.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2021?
You absolutely won’t be surprised, but it would be sick for things to “go back to normal”, whatever that even means anymore. I’m not too optimistic given the rate that the country/world is currently going at. We all miss festivals, gigs and parties, and I miss playing them/would like a chance to play some of those next year. But we also have to keep everyone safe. I’d like to head back to LA at some point too. We’ll see. From a music perspective, I say this constantly but I don’t have any plan other than to continue with making ugly pop.
What does music mean to you?
It’s an outlet and catharsis and we all like it and basically you’re weird if you’re one of those people that says they don’t care about music because who does that.
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